Knights sign Andrew McCullough for rest of the season

cowboyman

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Your post is the only really negative post about the signing put it that way.

Wouldnt expect any different. Fans should always be optimistic of a signing for their club and not write him off before he plays. I’m just saying what every other fan is thinking right now.
 

Patty

Dank memes n' big screens
Shibasaki and Guerra both Townsville boys, Moga a former cowboy.
Forgot Moga played for the Cows, my bad.
Nothing wrong with outsourcing in the modern game, I'd take Coen Hess off your hands in a heartbeat.
 

Patty

Dank memes n' big screens
Not at all. Relying on your own juniors will never work in today’s game.
Agree completely, of the supposed "top tier youth system" set up during the Bennett/Tinkler era we've seen the Saifiti's, Fitzgibbon and Sione the only ones able to make grade and hold a spot.

Bradman Best looks to be the next on that list.

But in terms of how many local juniors we've given a start to in recent years that have actually been able to stick around the numbers are pretty average.
 

danknights

Andrew 'Joey' Johns
Can't say I'm overly enthused but he is a tackle bot which is what Obi likes. Randall albeit next in line is really at the stepping stone part of his career, if he gets his shot he will have to make it count.
 

Keith M

Brian Quinton
Yeah that came as a surprise. I thought it was either Randall or Watson. I wonder if we enquired or they offered - or if that even matters.

Any idea on the length of the deal? I read one article and it said multi year
 

alexwilliams

Adam Muir
Yeah that came as a surprise. I thought it was either Randall or Watson. I wonder if we enquired or they offered - or if that even matters.

Any idea on the length of the deal? I read one article and it said multi year
I've only read it's the one year
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
The updated contract list on the Knights site says contract up 2020, which is good for a number of reasons. At least we'll know he is doing his best to earn another year.
 

Kurriboy

Adam MacDougall
A good signing given our depth issue at hooker. Only for a year to shore up the squad and get Brailey back on deck next season.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Next year we will have Brailey back, and also Luke Huth (NSW under 20s hooker in 2019), Mitch Black (NSW under 18s hooker in 2019 and got a run in a few trials) and even Noah Naigolivia (NSW under 16s hooker in 2019) will be turning 18 in 2021.
If Randall gets a few games and kicks on a bit this year, we should have more than enough depth next year.
 

Kurriboy

Adam MacDougall
Next year we will have Brailey back, and also Luke Huth (NSW under 20s hooker in 2019), Mitch Black (NSW under 18s hooker in 2019 and got a run in a few trials) and even Noah Naigolivia (NSW under 16s hooker in 2019) will be turning 18 in 2021.
If Randall gets a few games and kicks on a bit this year, we should have more than enough depth next year.

We aren't going to see Black or Naigolivia in 1sts in 2021, probably not Huth either. So that leaves Brailey, Randall, and Watson as our hooker depth. If McCullough does a competent job for us this year (and no reason why he wouldn't at least be serviceable), we can offer him a base contract next season to give us that additional depth if need be.

Lets face it, we haven't had the best luck with hookers recently. Touch wood.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
We aren't going to see Black or Naigolivia in 1sts in 2021, probably not Huth either. So that leaves Brailey, Randall, and Watson as our hooker depth. If McCullough does a competent job for us this year (and no reason why he wouldn't at least be serviceable), we can offer him a base contract next season to give us that additional depth if need be.

Lets face it, we haven't had the best luck with hookers recently. Touch wood.
Huth will be 22 next year. If he doesn't make it next year, he probably won't make it. Black will be 19 next year - the age Levi and Clydesdale made firstgrade. If they aren't good enough to be our 4th and 5th options next year, we should cut them now.
 

knightime

Todd Bates
Huth will be 22 next year. If he doesn't make it next year, he probably won't make it. Black will be 19 next year - the age Levi and Clydesdale made firstgrade. If they aren't good enough to be our 4th and 5th options next year, we should cut them now.

Would rather wait and see what happens and who sticks their hand up. Randall is 24 and is in line to make his debut. He might crack the first grade side consistently depending on how he goes. Randall, McCullough and Watson are all off contract after 2020, and Brailey is gone for this season. It would be short-sighted to cut any of our hookers at this point.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Would rather wait and see what happens and who sticks their hand up. Randall is 24 and is in line to make his debut. He might crack the first grade side consistently depending on how he goes. Randall, McCullough and Watson are all off contract after 2020, and Brailey is gone for this season. It would be short-sighted to cut any of our hookers at this point.
I wasn't serious.
Frankly, we'll be lucky to keep Mitch Black as it is.
He will definately get offers from other clubs for development or even top 30 spots. If we can't find one for him, we'll probably lose him.
 

Frank McWilliams

Tony Butterfield
All this talk about hooker, by my count new signing is No.30 so Randall remains in development squad, is he eligible to play 1sts in our next game, if so why?
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
All this talk about hooker, by my count new signing is No.30 so Randall remains in development squad, is he eligible to play 1sts in our next game, if so why?
There was an article a few days ago saying he has permission to play in firstgrade because we have no one else available. I assume that would cover next week, but the NRL could revoke it once McCulloch settles into the squad.
 
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